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Xbox One September update rolling out now

The September update for Xbox One is being rolled out a little bit early.


Microsoft is rolling out the new September update for Xbox One a little bit early, not waiting for the month of August to fully end. The new update is formally adding media support for USB devices. It also focuses on users beyond North America, while improving the Party App and adding some new capabilities to Xbox SmartGlass.

Those using USB 2.0 or 3.0 drives will now be able to plug them into an Xbox One slot and access their music, movies, and pictures, including animated gifs. DLNA support is expected by the end of the year.

Users in the Party App can now designate a party leader, who can add or remove party members at any time. Party members can also better keep an eye on one another to see what everyone's doing. Meanwhile, SmartGlass will get the ability to post messages and share anything from the Activity Feed and Game Clips.

Among the other additions are a bandwidth usage display, which will reveal how much bandwidth is being used. This is being added to help anyone whose ISPs are imposing bandwidth caps on them. Users will also be able to boot directly to TV, while Xbox One owners in Australia, French Canada, Italy, Spain, and Mexico can now take advantage of Kinect voice commands to boot the console.

For the full list of changes, check out Major Nelson's site and watch the video below.

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    August 28, 2014 2:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Xbox One September update rolling out now.

    The September update for Xbox One is being rolled out a little bit early.

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      August 28, 2014 4:48 PM

      I don't know why most of this stuff wasn't available at launch.

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        August 28, 2014 4:49 PM

        Pretty simple answer. They had to rush to undo all of their DRM plans the entire One was built around in the few months before delivery.

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        August 28, 2014 4:53 PM

        Because consumers made it clear all they care about are GAMES GAMES GAMES

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        August 28, 2014 5:24 PM

        a) lots of planning to plan meant quite a delay in getting started on the software side (hardware was in progress for quite a while).
        b) lots of new "talent" came into xbox that had never shipped a game console or a game.
        c) lots of focus on media and "new shit" meant de-prioritizing 360 level stuff that worked and people liked.
        d) time constraints due to all of the above.

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      August 29, 2014 10:29 AM

      Great news. Been waiting to play media on my USB stick on my XBONE. That was the only thing I was still using my 360 for.

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